Cozcacuauh (MH485v)

Cozcacuauh (MH485v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph represents the personal name Cozcacuauh, "King Vulture," attested here as a man's name. It is a black line drawing of the head of the bird looking to the viewer's right. Its beak is open. A horizontal necklace (cozcatl) appears below an eagle's head (cuauhtli).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The necklace does not have a semantic contribution; it provides the phonetic "cozca" that is the start of the word for vulture. Otherwise, the person'a name might be mistaken for simply "Cuauh," Eagle. Thus, this compound comprises two phonograms.

Cozcacuauhtli is a day sign in the tonalpohualli, the 260-day divinatory calendar. Normally, the vulture would have a numerical companion from 1 to 13, but the number has been inadvertently dropped or suppressed. Calendrics figure importantly in Nahuas' religious views of the cosmos.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juā cozcaquauh

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Cozcacuauh

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Xitlali Torres and Stephanie Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

birds, aves, vultures, buitres, collares, necklaces

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 485v, World Digital Library,

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is hosted by the Library of Congress and the World Digital Library; used here with the Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SAq 3.0)

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